Okay, y’all. Here’s a ‘Best Lesson Ever’. I totally love it when a lesson turns out even better than I’d anticipated.
What I’ve found is this. Some concepts can only be learned in action.
Pathos; Ethos; Logos.
Kids might understand the definitions of these rhetorical terms, but to really ‘get’ it, they have to see it.
Enter old magazines, scissors, and glue.
Of course we started with notes on the three appeals in their ISNs.
Pathos: an appeal to emotion.
Ethos: an appeal to credibility.
Logos: an appeal to logic/reason.
Students worked in pairs to find at least one example of each appeal in the magazines I provided (thanks to very helpful staff members who donated theirs to my classroom!). They cut out the ads, used sticky notes (love these) to identify the appeal, how they know (an example), and to note their names. They were also able to circle and write on the ads themselves.
Next they glued their examples on to butcher paper I’d divided into three sections, one for each of the appeals. (Isn’t she adorable with her cat ears?)
Every single student was engaged. That is BIG. They were talking, discussing, debating, and ultimately deciding which ads fit where.
Later, I hung up the butcher paper filled with the ad examples in the hallway and, guess what, students were stopping and discussing, and even a few teachers were talking about the ads and how and why they fit into each section!
Best. Lesson. Ever.
Or at least until another great one happens.